A transsexual who downloaded sickening images of child pornography escaped jail because a judge said prison would be too tough a place for her.
Laura Voyce, 20, who was born a man and used to go by the name Luke, faced being locked up for nine months in a male prison after being convicted of 14 counts of downloading indecent images of children.
Four of the images discovered on Voyce’s laptop were of level four, the second most serious, and featured semi-naked youngsters being abused.
But despite this Judge Lesley Newton allowed Voyce, who is in the middle of a sex
change which means she is biologically a man but legally a woman, to walk free with a nine-month jail term suspended for a year. She must also complete 100 hours of unpaid work.
The judge said prison would be an “appalling experience” for the sex offender.